Friday, December 30, 2011

Fashion Friday--Mz Claws!

Coco, who was the center of attention when she visited the orthopedic vet a few weeks ago...everyone was snapping pictures of her, and this is one shot that one of the staff took and emailed to us!

Coco is having her surgery for her luxating kneecap on her left hind leg on Tuesday January 3rd at VOSM, so keep her in your purrayers  on Tuesday for an 'uneventful' surgery and recovery.

You might remember us talking about her injury a few weeks ago on our blog...back in July she fell off the top of a storage cabinet and has been limping on and off since then. The vet Teri works for Xrayed Coco and nothing was broken but her kneecap wasn't stable and the vet suspected she had strained or torn some ligaments holding the knee in place.

Most of the time, patellar luxations are medial, meaning the kneecap slips to the inside. If you've ever seen a little dog 'skipping' along with one or both hind legs, it probably is suffering from luxating patellas, too. 

Coco's knee slips to the outside, which leads the vets to think maybe the ligaments that kept it in place are damaged.

So, they tried some anti-inflammatories and nutraceuticals (Cosequin-Glucosamine Chondroitin) and it brought the swelling down, but not the lameness. It hurt Teri to see Coco carrying her leg and didn't want to wait so long that the muscles started to she took Coco to see an orthopedic specialist.

Although til the vet gets inside to take a real look around, we don't know for sure, but he thinks she may have torn the outside ligaments supporting the knee and if surgery isn't done, then the inside ligaments will be under more strain and could tear, too. 

She does have a Grade II/IV lateral patellar luxation on that leg, and a mild Grade I on the right leg, but it had never given her any problems before she injured it. The vet said they may have to deepen the groove the kneecap rests in, but again, won't know until he can examine the structure.  If you want to learn more about the problem

Patellar Luxation

and surgery, here's a link (warning--photos of surgical procedure):

Patellar Luxation Surgery

As Cornish Rex are so active and athletic, it would be sad to have to confine Coco and restrict her activity just to avoid this very expensive surgery. While there will be about 8 weeks of confinement for Coco while she is recovering, Teri said she will follow the vet's instructions to help ensure a successful outcome.

Teri did qualify for CareCredit, so she will be able to pay off Coco's bill over 6 months with no interest, and more good news, the health insurance Teri gets through work changed to a different company in November and they will reimburse her for her therapy visits without having to meet a deductible and instead of getting $50 back, she will get $150 back, so that extra money will help with Coco's surgery expense, too!

Coco will go to work with Teri every day and then stay in the 'kitten tent' at home. The vet will instruct Teri on how to do 'physical therapy' at home and Coco will go back for progress exams and xrays at 4 and 8 weeks post surgery.

And unlike a kitty with long furs, Coco's leg already looks like a drumstick so she may even be able to continue her Fashion Friday photo shoots, hahameow! And we will keep you updated on Coco's recovery right here on our blog!


  1. Coco looks very smart in her festive jacket. We hope her surgery goes well. we send purrs to her and to you.
    Happy New Year.

  2. Mixed news and I hope all goes well.. I called to say HAPPY NEW YEAR Hugs GJ xx

  3. Coco, we'll be purring for you...Felis especially!

  4. Purrs and hugs and more purrs to sweet Coco!! Happy new year!! Take care

  5. Oh Miss Coco, what an ordeal you must endure but you couldn't be in better hands! I know you'll be back on the catwalk in no time!

    Ms. Stella O'Houligan

  6. Coco, i hope everything goes well with your surgery and recovery. :( be careful! and dont give your mom too much trouble, this is hard on her too!


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